Available in Nickel or Black Finish
In 2016, we at Warm Audio introduced one of the most talked-about 87-style FET condenser microphones in the industry with the release of the WA-87, and at just $599 USD it made the looks and authentic vintage sonics of this style of mic affordable to customers for the very first time. Simply put, the release of the WA-87 changed the industry’s perception of what could be achieved at an affordable price.
Based on classic 60s circuitry, the WA-87’s rich sound became a favorite of countless producers, engineers, and home recordists everywhere. It was our first microphone and a verifiable hit, and in recent years we’ve followed it with many other successful and ground-breaking designs.
Since the release of the WA-87 in 2016 we’ve learned a bunch more about microphone manufacturing, and we’ve proven that we can shatter the industry’s quality expectations at affordable prices. That experience drove us to see if we could improve the WA-87 in tangible ways without having to raise the price, and the result is the new WA-87 R2 (Revision 2). We’ve used everything we’ve learned about recreating vintage microphones in the last five years to bring it even closer to the sound, vibe and performance of the original 60s classic we all know and love. We’re ecstatic to bring you the result – in short, the new WA-87 R2 is bigger, bolder and just plain better!
A FAITHFUL REPRODUCTION WITH TOP-SHELF COMPONENTS
The WA-87 is based on a classic 60s circuit that is widely considered to be one of the greatest studio microphones ever designed. We spent countless hours trying to get even closer to the sound of the vintage version than we had with the WA-87, so the new WA-87 R2 uses top-quality components like a NOS Fairchild transistor and high-bandwidth polystyrene and film capacitors from Wima and Nichicon. The WA-87 R2 uses a custom-wound Cinemag USA output transformer like the original WA-87 did, with the new version providing a slightly increased output level and improved frequency response. We also employed the same capsule the WA-87 uses, which was designed to the exact specifications of the ones found in the vintage mics. The result is an incredibly accurate sonic replica of arguably the widest-used studio microphone in popular recording history!
THE MOST VERSATILE MIC IN YOUR LOCKER
Just like the vintage microphone, the WA-87 R2 excels at recording virtually anything. Three polar patterns (cardioid, omni, and figure 8) make sure you’re covered for a wide variety of applications, and an 80Hz high pass filter reduces low-frequency rumble if needed. The switchable -10dB pad comes in handy when you want to record extremely loud sources and not overload the internal electronics.
The WA-87 R2 works brilliantly on vocals, drum overheads, guitars, piano, auxiliary percussion, brass, strings, and more. Not only that, it’s the same price as the original WA-87, so you can afford to have several in your mic locker!
STUNNING IN SOUND AND APPEARANCE
The WA-87 R2 is now encased in a heavier, stronger and larger nickel-plated brass body, and the new rounded head basket shape adds additional space around the capsule for a more pleasing sonic signature. With authentic vintage warmth and a smooth detailed top end, we truly believe this mic performs on par with microphones costing five times as much or more. No matter what else you’ve got in your mic locker, the WA-87 R2 is sure to become one of your favorite go-to microphones!
- Large diaphragm studio condenser microphone, with a faithful reproduction of the original vintage 87-style circuit
- All discrete premium components, including a NOS Fairchild transistor and WIMA/Nichicon capacitors
- Custom Cinemag USA output transformer
- WA-87-B-50V capsule— a reproduction of the classic dual backplate (four-wire termination) K87 capsule
- Nickel-plated brass body
- Three polar patterns: cardioid, figure-of-eight, and omnidirectional
- -10dB pad and 80Hz high pass filter
- Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
- SPL: .5% THD @ 125dB (without pad), 132dB
- Diaphragm: 6-micron thickness, gold-sputtered membrane, NOS mylar (PET film)
- Noise: -117dB
- Included accessories: wooden storage case, hard mount, and shock mount. (Optional flight case available)
- Weight (Fully Boxed): 6.5 lbs / 3 kg
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ANNOUNCING THE NEW WA12 MKII BLACK!
Available October 2020
WA12 MKII Black = $469 USD / 499 € inc. VAT
NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER!
WA12 MKII BLACK – SAME WA12 MKII, NEW LOOK!
We are very pleased to announce that our WA12 MKII has a new and improved design! Like we previously did with the TB12, we are phasing out the current orange WA12 MKII and replacing it with a black version.
Check out the video below for a refresher on what makes the WA12 MKII Black such a compelling design, and why every recordist should have one in their arsenal.